Admission/How to Apply

Applicants to the School of Music must meet requirements and submit applications for both Brandon University and the School of Music. See the General Calendar for further information.

For admission to Brandon University, High School graduation in Manitoba or its equivalent is generally the minimum requirement. For more information about Brandon University Admission Requirements, or how to apply to Brandon University, contact the Brandon University Admissions Office.

Entrance Audition

Admission to the School of Music is determined on the basis of an Entrance Audition and supporting materials accompanying the Application. These include information on musical background and training, and letters of reference. Although not a formal requirement for admission, fundamental keyboard and theory skills are strongly recommended for students considering future application.

The completed audition form stating the requested audition date and repertoire to be performed should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the audition.  If you require an accompanist the fee is $40.00.  Please make your cheque payable to Brandon University and forward your cheque and copies of accompaniment scores to the School of Music. These piano accompaniment scores must be received no later than two weeks before the audition.

The Entrance Audition must be preceded by application to both the University and the School of Music.

The minimum performance standard is approximately Grade VIII Royal Conservatory or Conservatory Canada (Grade VII Conservatory Canada for Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion). Auditions require the performance of three contrasting selections demonstrating the applicant’s musicality and technique and a test of aural skills. Aural skills to be tested will include the ability to sing a note after hearing it played on the piano; to identify (or sing) intervals; to sing up and down major and minor scales or to identify notes from within such scales; to clap back a rhythm after it has been clapped twice; and to play back or sing a short melodic phrase after it has been played twice. Sight reading may also be required. Upon request an accompanist will be provided for a nominal fee.

Although live auditions are preferable, recorded auditions on CD or DVD are accepted in cases where travel to Brandon presents serious problems. In these cases, corroborative evidence of performance ability and of the authenticity of the recorded performances is required.  Recorded auditions should be received no later than May 1, 2020.

Audition dates for Fall admission 2020 are:

  • Thursday and Friday, October 10 and 11, 2019
  • Thursday, February 6, 2020
  • Thursday and Friday, March 19 and 20, 2020
  • Thursday and Friday, April 23 and 24, 2020
  • Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9, 2020

Applicants requesting an alternate audition date should contact the
Administrative Assistant to the School of Music.

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